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Time is running out to snag these deals before the holidays

Time is running out to snag these deals before the holidays


You’ll get the savings now, even if the gifts don’t arrive on time

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A still image from the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch offers some much-needed joy.

The holidays are upon us, and we’re just about to enter crunch time for gift-getting. If you haven’t made your selections, it’s possible that gifts might not get where they need to go on time — unless you pay for rush shipping or you take advantage of curbside pickup services. I know that’s a lot of pressure, but if you’re ready to make a few purchases for tech fans in your life, we have a few last-minute suggestions that also happen to be good deals. Depending on the retailer, these might not arrive in time for the holidays, but it’s the thought that counts, right? You’ve got this!

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Google’s latest Pixel Buds wireless earbuds rarely see a discount, but they’re $35 off at online store Antonline. Normally $179, they’re $144 when you enter the code antfarm at checkout. This deal is available until December 20th.

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Sony’s ever-popular WH-1000XM4 wireless, noise-canceling headphones are $278 at several retailers, which is the same $72 discount we’ve seen pop up a few times this season. Normally $349, they’re a solid option if you want high-end sound and effective noise cancellation.


Sony’s latest wireless headphones include better noise cancellation, plus the ability to pair two devices concurrently via Bluetooth. This matches the lowest price.

Apple’s AirPods Pro are still selling for a great price at Woot. $190 is the best price heading into the holidays.

The AirPods Pro, the best wireless earbuds for people who use Apple products, pictured next to an iPhone 11 Pro Max and MacBook Pro.

The last-gen AirPods Pro improve upon the regular AirPods with better sound quality, excellent active noise cancellation, and immersive spatial audio.

The most affordable model is the Echo Show 5, which is just $45 at a few retailers. If you want a bigger display and better sound performance, check out the Echo Show 8 for $80. Amazon’s Echo Show 8 smart display just got Zoom support, so you can easily boot up a video call with family over the holidays.


The first-gen Echo Show 5 is more than just an alarm clock with Alexa built in. Amazon’s small smart display also features a camera that enables video chats.


The last-gen Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s mid-size smart display. It features a sharp, 8-inch screen and most of the features found on the second-gen model, though, it lacks the latter’s 13MP camera and speedy performance.

Giving your home Wi-Fi signal a boost is never a bad idea. If you or a loved one has a one-router setup that just isn’t cutting it with the work-from-home lifestyle that the pandemic has forced us into, check out this deal on a three-pack of Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi routers. Normally $279, you can get them for $223 at Best Buy and Amazon.


The Eero 6 mesh router system covers up to 5,000 square feet and is good for internet speeds up to 500Mbps; it also supports Zigbee for connecting smart home devices.

If you’re new to the Nintendo Switch and are in need of some games, a few of the best are discounted, including Pokémon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Pokémon Sword and Shield.

You save $20 on the usual cost of either Pokémon Sword or Shield for the Nintendo Switch. Usually $60, they’re both currently marked down to just $40.

A still image from the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game in which you build a town, catch bugs, and manage a series of interpersonal relationships, albeit in an extremely cozy fashion.

Super Smash Bros

Nintendo’s latest brawler pits beloved characters from the company’s franchises (as well as plenty from outside of Nintendo’s own realms) against one another. While the high skill ceiling for this long-standing fighting franchise can be intimidating to newcomers, sucker-punching your foes as Jigglypuff has an almost universal appeal.
Since the game’s debut, the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has also expanded to include a massive list of 74 characters. Everyone from Solid Snake to Samus is here, and even lesser-known characters make an appearance (ahem, Wii Fit Trainer). Regardless of your level of skill, though, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most fun you can have while battling your friends for bragging rights. Read our review.